The closing of Cafe Italia’s downtown location was an unfortunate loss for the Union Plaza district’s restaurant scene, especially after garnering a state award for its intricate, stylish interior design. The dramatic design has now become the perfect backdrop for new tenant, 360° Cocina Urbana, a fusion-style restaurant that comes by way of Nuevo Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The tiny eatery serves lunch throughout the week, including a special that comes with half a sandwich, soup and a drink. The soups here are not to be missed with options of a rich, velvety cream of poblano topped with tobacco onions or the tomato basil soup, drizzled with olive oil and topped with croutons. Three salads with the option to add chicken or steak are offered, but the Camila is a favorite with a mix of spinach, kale, fresh fruit, goat cheese and roasted apples accented with candied pecans.
Sandwiches and burgers (beef, chicken or portobello) are served on bread from Belle Sucre Bakery and come with fries, chips or a simple spinach salad tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. It’s no surprise that the chicken pesto on ciabatta bread is popular with heirloom tomatoes, spinach, Swiss cheese and bacon. Panini classico combines prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, while the Philly cheese is your standard sliced sirloin with Swiss cheese and peppers highlighted by a spicy, house-made aioli. Also offered are sirloin tacos and beer-battered fish tacos garnished with cabbage, cucumber relish, escabeche onions and salsa roja.
Dinner is served on Fridays and Saturdays, and a new menu was just unveiled featuring seafood, steaks and pastas. Desserts rotate and are provided by business partner, The Cake Boutique. Call ahead, as hours of operation occasionally do not reflect posted times.
504 W. San Antonio Ave., 915-532-3111, 360cocinaurbana.com, Monday-Thursday 11 am-4 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am-11 pm, closed Sundays, $4.90-10.90 (lunch menu), Vegetarian friendly.